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History

Outdoor Gear Exchange was founded in 1995, with our primary mission then, as it is now, being to get as many people outside and recreating as we possibly could—namely with the help of our knowledgeable and trustworthy staff, affordable gear prices, and renowned gear consignment program. Over the past 25 years, while our space, staff, and community involvement has grown and evolved, we've always remained true to this core mission, and to our values of sustainability, equity, and access to the outdoors.

Four locations, some 148 staff members later, and countless pitches climbed, runs skied, and trails hiked, we've come to rest at our current location—37 Church Street in beautiful Burlington, Vermont—as the region's premier outdoor retail store and hub for our local outdoor community.

OGE 25th Anniversary logo

2020 marks the year of OGE's 25th Anniversary! Thanks to all of you, our excellent friends and customers, we've enjoyed 25 radical years of ensuring folks have access to the gear they need to play outside. Stay tuned throughout 2020 for tons of mind-blowing events, hilarious looks back in time from some of our oldest friends, and, as always, the gear hype and knowledge you've come to know and love from your favorite local gear shop!

25 Years of Gear: The History of OGE

History of OGE timeline